California congressman Mike Thompson voted Yes on the new health care bill [H.R. 3590] signed into law by the chief administrator of this nation on Tuesday, March 23, 2010?
Because this law was covered in detail by most news outlets, I won't go deeply into the details. The law, for the most part, does not go into effect until 2014, so it could be killed or changed after the 2010 or 2012 elections. It has no public option. It curves some of the worst abuses of the health insurance industry. And it requires those who do not have health insurance to buy it. Almost all employers must buy health insurance for their employees. Individuals who are not employees will need to buy their own insurance; those with low incomes may get government (taxpayer) subsidies. Medicare tax has been moved into higher income categories in order to help pay for the bill.
This was a safe Yes vote for Mike Thompson. The citizens of the 1st California Congressional district are strongly in favor of health care reform, and would have supported a bill with a public option or even a single-payer, government operated insurance company for all. It is too bad this was the best that Congress could do.
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Mike Thompson is the current elected member of the United States House of Representatives for California's 1st Congressional District.